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Ducati June 15, 2015 posted by Donn

Investment Grade – 1987 Ducati 750 F1 Laguna Seca

What could be better than a European lightweight race replica ?  What about a factory race-win commemorative ?  If there were three of those to choose from wouldn't your choice be a legendary American track ?

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1987 Ducati 750 F1 Laguna Seca for sale on eBay

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A road-legal update of the mid-eighties TT1, the 750 F1 is styled as an endurance racer, and the beauty was more than skin deep.  During the 1985-87 models years, Ducati celebrated racing victories with three F1 specials, this model commemorating Marco Luchinelli's Battle of Twins victory at the California racetrack.

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Engine and exhaust improvements delivering a handful more ponies differentiate the Laguna Seca from the standard F1, as well as wider Oscam rims, Brembo gold-series brakes, and special badging including a decal of Luchinelli's signature.  Curiously a steel fuel tank replaced the alloy and not-so-special fenders are shared with the newer Pantah.  Under 300 Laguna Seca's were built.

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Newly restored, this F1 Laguna Seca has under 7,000 miles and has been treated to an engine and carburetor rebuild.  Idles beautifully in a video available here.  The owner takes the time to list the two (!) aftermarket parts.

Photographed in the midst of a Ducati collection, the eBay auction states:

This Laguna is in excellent condtion and in good running condition. We have attached a video for you to see it run. This Motorcycle has two parts that are aftermarket, the Muffler (a replica part) and the Caliper brackets.

  • Miles - 6714
  • Mint Condition
  • Signed on the tank by Marco Lucchinelli
  • New Piston Rings
  • All Brakes completely Rebuilt with New Kits
  • Carbs New Rebuild Kit Installed

A lovingly restored, very special and rare machine, with a strong starting bid and powerful buy-it-now, there is still some investment potential in this blue-chip Ducati, but more potential for a most excellent track season...

-donn

 

Investment Grade – 1987 Ducati 750 F1 Laguna Seca
Ducati June 13, 2015 posted by Donn

SBK on a budget – 2005 Ducati 749 Dark

Kid brother to the Pierre Terblanche-designed 999, the 749 looked down-market to pick up more riders.  It also made possible to homologate the 749R for the AMA Superbike series.  The most basic faired model in the range, the matte black 749 Dark has a few less bangles than an -S ( which has quite a few less than the -R ) but still has the winning 999 chassis and 107 hp.

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2005 Ducati 749 Dark for sale on eBay

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Maybe the matte ( really more of an eggshell ) black finish strikes a note with you, it's a love/hate thing.  Or possibly it's the scaled-down Testastretta ( narrow head ) engine, belt-driven 4-cam heads and cylinders made especially for the 749.  The stacked headlights of the 2003-06 machines are distinctive with the built-in mirrors with integral turn signals.  The underseat exhaust has a modern look, blended into the seat fairing.

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Otherwise the 749 is up-to-date Ducati - steel trellis frame, fuel injection, 6-speed transmission, hydraulic dry clutch, fully adjustable Showa suspension, twin 320mm front disks and 245mm rear.  Dash is digital with an additional round tachometer surrounded by warning lights.  Full fairing with biposto pillion seat and footpegs.

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The example here appears excellent and substantially original, with just a few mods like carbon-look levers and rear turn signals, also rear fender eliminator with LED tailight.  Showing under 5,000 miles, the auction states one owner and never down.  From the eBay auction:

Only One Previous Owner!!!

Only 4,977 Miles!!! 

Rare Find!!!

New Battery!!!

Clean Title!!!

Never Tracked!!!

Adult Owned!!!

Almost a blank slate, you could customize this bike to your liking with carbon or polished billet.  The matte finish could be a great start for a wrap or dupli-color job.  Maybe just put on a black jacket and fade into the sunset, enjoying the 999 handling and very usable power in a stealth package...

-donn

SBK on a budget – 2005 Ducati 749 Dark
Ducati June 12, 2015 posted by Donn

Late Paso(s) – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E.

Slippery bodywork derived from the 1986-1990 Paso ( named for factory rider Renzo Pasolini ), the 907 I.E. continued the model from 1991 - 1992, and had several notable improvements from the earlier bike.

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(2) 1992 Ducati 907 I.E.'s for sale on eBay

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After carburetion difficulties on the early Paso's, electronic fuel injection ( I.E. ) and intake changes made the bike a lot more rideable and helped provide 90hp from the two-valve engine.  Hydraulic dry clutch feeds a six-speed transmission, both nice improvements.  Keeping the well-hidden square-tube frame, the 907 incorporated suspension updates used on the newer 851.

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Brakes are excellent 300mm front disks and 245mm rear, all calipers being two-piston.  Large 42mm forks are 3-way adjustable, with adjustable monoshock rear.  17-inch tires are a lot more available than the 16's from the early Paso's.  The good-size Veglia dash is another refinement.

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More than a fairing, the bodywork on the 907 directs air to the intakes and away from the rider, who is more in than on the 907.  Updates for the 907 include cold-air intake under the headlight and ducting at the top of the "windshield".  All that body-color plastic can be a love-it-or-hate-it affair.  Quite rare with only a few thousand total production, both these bikes are the ultimate Paso from 1992, with very limited mods.  Appearing excellent, both have around 34K miles.

Red is very stock with factory white wheels.

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No owner quotes from the red bike's eBay auction, but Corbin seat and F1 exhaust are listed.

Black has been treated to paint ( black was a factory color that year ) and some nice retro badging.

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Some additional information is available in the eBay auction for the black one:

A very special Duck. This was the last of the Paso series. They finally got it right with this one. Fuel injection and proper size wheels. And this is a great example of it's type. Performance exhaust, European style tail light, RECENT: Valve Adjustment, Timing Belts, New chain and sprockets. Good tires. Needs nothing. A nice addition to your collection. one of a kind special.

Whether you're interested in a nice stock Paso or a distinctive retro look, either one of these machines are worth a look.  Thanks Marty for the reminder about the black bike !

-donn

Late Paso(s) – 1992 Ducati 907 I.E.
Honda June 9, 2015 posted by Donn

Undercover – 1989 Honda CBR 600F

Sometimes known as the Hurricane, the Honda CBR 600F broke a lot of ground in 1987 when it was introduced, and led to a long line of successors.  Borrowing a chapter from the Ducati Paso design book, the CBR bodywork envelopes the frame and engine, but where Ducati had an air-cooled engine inside, the water-cooled Honda primarily needs to cool the radiators.

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1989 Honda CBR 600F for sale on eBay

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Returning to an inline four from the more complex V-4 in the Interceptor series, Honda hid all manner of structure, plumbing and electrical inside the CBR's soap bar and used the money they would've spent on making the parts beautiful on engineering, producing one of the best balanced, most refined, and accessible sportbikes of any displacement or price.

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The over-square 598cc engine generates 93 hp at 9,500 rpm, along with 45 ft-lbs of torque.  Visible outside of the Tupperware are the 276mm drilled front disks and 218mm rear.  Semi-hidden are the air-adjustable forks ( with TRAC anti-dive ) and Pro-Link monoshock rear.  Harder to locate is the magic, the refinement and smoothness that made Cycle World call the 1988 model "The best Japanese motorcycle we have ever tested".

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Showing almost 22K miles, the years have been kind to this 600F, appearing un-restored.  Plastics look tight and correct, a surprising lack of wear for that many miles.  From the eBay auction:

-ALL original body panels

-NEVER painted

-NOT sunbeaten

-COMPLETELY stock

-1 year ONLY and the most desirable paint scheme produced

-Motorcycle originated in Northern California

-Has a clean, clear California title

-Few little nick here and there but obviously NEVER been down

-Minor imperfections pictured

-NO disappointments here, she is a true & beautiful survivor!!

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Though it's hard to call any Honda 600 sportbike rare, not so many are over 25, surprisingly original, and well cared for.  The auction is from a Florida dealer, the owner stating that the CBR is his personal bike.  Upgrades to the 1989 model year include 8 horsepower more than the 87-88 models, and the pearl-white with red and blue paint was new in 1989.

Undercover – 1989 Honda CBR 600F
Ducati June 7, 2015 posted by Donn

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2

While not a critical or sales success, the 1982-84 Ducati 900S2 is still an honest-to-goodness 900cc Desmo-engined Supersport.  Caught up changing in emissions and noise regulations, the air-cooled and carbureted engine was silenced on intake and exhaust, and performance suffered.  With bevel-drive cams and Ducati handling, it's better than its reputation.  The example here has been a collector bike since new, apparently never registered, titled, or run.

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1983 Ducati 900 S2

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Hanging on though they were at the time, Ducati still built a fine machine, with beautiful half faring, 18-inch cast wheels, triple disk brakes, and adjustable suspension.  Putting out a respectable 80 hp, the neat bevel drive engine now has a vintage look.  The red frame stands out, complementing the stripes on the black faring.  The cockpit is completed by sweet teardrop mirrors and nice instrument cluster.  Distinctively, this is a kick-start Ducati, one of the last models without a starter.

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Evidently on display since new, this is a zero-mile, no fluids, and no chain bike.  Never registered, the owner provides the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin as documentation.  Looking better than a neglected museum bike, this one seems to have been cared for and detailed.

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A lot of information in the eBay auction, here is a short excerpt:

This is a rare chance to own a VERY PURE zero miles vintage Ducati .  Might be the only one in the world in such well preserved condition .  Bike looks brand new like the day it came from the factory. Brakes functions correctly without any fluid leakage or damage.  Front tire rotated frequently to avoid flat spots . Petcocks knobs turns freely. Cylinders are lubed and kicks over with great compression. All settings remains factory.  It should start up and ready to ride with gas , fresh oil, and recommend using sealed battery. These bevel twins are bullet proof with much more refined electrical for reliability than early Bevels .  Bevel Ducati sounds very exciting , rides smooth and responsive in corners. 

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The S2 was the 900SS's kid brother, and never got the development it deserved.  Around the corner were the belt-driven cam engines and cool as they were, the bevels were history.  This amazing collector bike could be put back on the road, but more likely will be on display again, showing all the classic Ducati beauty without divulging its foibles...

-donn

Unchained – 1983 Ducati 900 S2
Bimota June 5, 2015 posted by Donn

Innovative – 1983 Bimota KB2 Laser S

One of the final Tamburini designs before he departed for Cagiva, the 2nd Kawasaki-powered Bimota delivers the company paradigm of chassis design and lighter weight using state-of-the-art powerplants.  Perhaps named for the laser the chassis fabricator wished he had when assembling the 44 frame members, which cradle the 543cc air-cooled Kawasaki inline four.  Because the engine is relatively narrow, the red frame holds both sides of the motor and allows the swingarm to pivot at the chain drive sprocket, keeping chain tension constant despite suspension movement.  Another innovation is the use of 16 inch wheels front and rear, reducing gyroscopic forces and turning in a little easier.

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1983 Bimota KB2 Laser S for sale on eBay

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Originally introduced with a 500cc engine, the "S" has the 550, delivering 65hp at 10,500 rpm.  A wet clutch is in the engine cases, and drives a 6-speed transmission.  Big 280mm disk brakes in front, with 210mm disk at the rear.  40mm front forks and rear monoshock are adjustable for preload and damping.  The full fairing is punctuated by small air openings and rounded edges, and uses flush fasteners.  Very neat cockpit has Brembo clip-ons and a full-featured instrument cluster courtesy of Kawasaki.

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Seeming un-restored and very nice shape, this KB2 shows only a couple of nicks in the seat fairing.  Bimotas of any age are very rare, but the Kawasaki driveline can be comforting.  This example resides in England but is offered by a eBay dealer from Italy.

From the eBay auction:

Said to be Massimo Tamburinis personal favourite Bimota design and not without good reason with an excellent power to weight ratio and build quality second to none, due to its very high cost when new Bimota only managed to build and sell 177 of them so they very rarely reach the market this being the first we’ve ever seen in the shop, it’s an excellent un restored example with just under 14000 recorded KM’s believed to be genuine having had the same owner for the past 21 years.

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This KB2 is a very neat design, very innovative, only 8,000 miles, appearing quite clean and original.  More of a TT than an envelope-pushing superbike, a rideable exotic ready for a look...

-donn

Innovative – 1983 Bimota KB2 Laser S




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